Boys Don’t Knit by T.S Easton

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I heard a lot about T.S Easton’s other novel, ‘An English Boy In New York.’ And I wanted to read this book because I liked the sound of it. Granted, I’m more of a dystopian/contemporary/any book genre except for sci-fi and horror loving kind of guy, but this was more of a comedy book from what I’ve heard. And actually, I really enjoyed it!

Ben was involved in an incident involving peer-pressure. He was pressurised by his friends into stealing a bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose and then ended up nearly killing a lollipop lady when he caused an accident between her and a Porsche driver. His friends all got off with cautions, but because he caused around £13,000 worth of damage, he got probation. As part of his service under probation, he’s forced to pick a course out of four options: car engineering with his dad, pottery, Microsoft Office or knitting. So he chose the obvious answer for a teenager, right? Of course: he chose knitting.

The book got off to a rather slow start to be honest. It was a slight drag to begin with and wasn’t that interesting for the first 80 pages or so. I plead with you to continue with the book though, because it does get better.

Whilst the book maybe isn’t a comedy book, I think comedy is held close to it’s heart, what with his parents constant innuendos (that’s made a point of by the way, I haven’t got a really dirty mind) along with the sheer weirdness that the main character was a boy who chose to do knitting and actually gets really accomplished at it, makes it a really enjoyable book to read. It’s not side-splittingly funny, but it does raise a good laugh every now and again.

Ben’s also a really interesting character to know about. It’s still not nice to only know that he’s the second shortest person in his year (he’s 17, in school in the UK so at sixth form by the way), but his traits become clear as you read the book. His uncanny talent for knitting is bit too convenient for the plot to work, and I don’t think that that in any way helped the plot at all. I don’t like things that are excessively convenient to the plot.

His friends aren’t described as particularly nice people. Allow me to explain: his friends are visible in doing the following:

  • Exploit injured girls by looking up their skirts when they attempt to load shopping into their cars.
  • Are overly interested when a girl starts ‘offering her services’ at low prices in the school toilets.
  • Attempt to wear uniforms to get into nightclubs based on a now fired employees recommendations that girls in there want to feel the boys up. The former employee loved it.

My point is that this book is a bit too sexual. Ben may be the opposite and say it’s wrong to do this, but he still is shown to be reading a magazine that sounds similar to a magazine like Zoo to avoid his friends finding out that he’s reading ‘Knit!’. That should be the giveaway sign for you that this book might be too sexual.

This book was genuinely really good to read. Like I said, it does get off to a slow start, but it gets so much better and I implore you to carry on!

Another hint before I round this review off: I’d recommend borrowing this book from a library or a friend that has it. I only say this because I don’t know if everyone will enjoy this book and so if you’ve borrowed it from a library, you’ve either lost nothing and you feel OK about taking the book back with no refund policy or you loved the book and feel bad because you haven’t supported the author, but you supported your local library by using them as a valuable resource so it’s kind of OK. Yes, that’s my excuse for trying to justify borrowing it from a library, and so it brings me great joy to close this review with the completely unrelated message:

Use libraries! They’re free and better than you think!

Thank you for reading!

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